Recently, out intrepid supercar snapper packed his bag and headed off to Italy. Surviving off nothing but pizza and biscotti, he managed to document some incredibly rare metal at the incredible Villa d’Este as well as tailing Pagani’s annual mega money road trip.
If you’re in need of a reminder, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is a gathering of the world’s finest cars. It takes place every year at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como. 50 classics – all of them gorgeous – compete in eight categories, and for an outright ‘Best in Show’ trophy (this year won by a rather special 1958 Ferrari 335). But Alex managed to snap some stunners in situ, making them look even better.
After Villa d’Este, it was Pagani o’clock. This year’s private Pagani road trip had the latest and greatest works of Horacio. They huddled together in a gorgeous carbon fibre conga line and soaked up some of Italy’s finest scenery, sunsets and roads.
There was even a new car. Which was technically an old car (the Zonda of course, refusing to pack up and go home), but epic all the same. Welcome then, the Zonda Aether.
The one-off roadster was commissioned by the same bloke who ordered the bespoke Ferrari SP38 (which you can see in the gallery) and has taken a year to build. The bodywork is clad in a cocktail of matte and gloss carbon fibre, all contrasted by a bright red stripe running down the centre and red pinstripes on either flank.
Like a few of the never-ending last-of-the-line Zondas, a couple of parts from the incredible Zonda Cinque feature, including a carbon roof scoop and the Cinque’s air intakes on the rear wheel arches. A massive rear wing with swan neck uprights, red ‘eyeliner’ under the headlights, black wheels, and a mammoth rear diffuser finish the package.
But what we love about the Zonda compared to the twin-turbo Huayra is the naturally-aspirated engine, and the Zonda Aether has the best of them all: AMG’s 7.3-litre V12 delivering at least 760bhp, but potentially up to 800bhp. Unlike most Zondas, the Aether has a six-speed manual transmission sending all that power to the rear wheels.
Check that and all the other cars in the gallery above. And, if you’re brave enough, have a go at naming them all in the comments below.
Photography: Alex Penfold